AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Eugene Yu has dropped out of the race for Georgia's United States Senate seat and has decided to run in the 12th Congressional race for the seat held by Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.).
"Being blessed with donors, supporters, and countless volunteers in my district," Yu wrote in a press release, "I realized that I need to give back to my hometown and my district first, where it has given me the most."
Yu, a 1974 Butler High School graduate and former Richmond County firefighter and sheriff's deputy, became the first Korean-American to run for the senate seat.
In the congressional race, Yu will face three other Republicans who seek to take on Democratic incumbent Barrow in the general election.
Here is the full release from Yu:
"I am announcing today that I am entering the race for the 12th Congressional district of Georgia.
In early May 2013, I made the decision to enter the US Senate race because, like many of you, I was not satisfied with our politicians and what has been going on in Washington. My parents immigrated to this country over 40 years ago to this great land of opportunity. This country has allowed me to fulfill and live the American Dream. But, this American Dream has been eroding away every day because of the current political and economic environment. Collectively, our past and current politicians have brought our great nation to a breaking point and their lack of backbone has put our nation on the doorstep of financial ruin.
This campaign has taken me all over Georgia. I have met many great people and listened to their concerns while discussing many ways to restore the American Dream. Being blessed with donors, supporters, and countless volunteers in my district, I realized that I need to give back to my home town and my district first, where it has given me the most.
Many have tried and failed, but I know I will bring the 12th Congressional seat back into Republican hands. The people of our district deserve a true conservative representing them, and with a servant's heart I will be that person.
With my campaign team running on all cylinders and with the strength of our supporters across the state, I will be the hardest working candidate during this election, focusing my attention on the needs of the people of the 12th Congressional district."